All eyes on you!
This piano is a reflection of what happens when you perform in front of the public. When you are an artist your work is constantly judged and criticized by the eyes of the viewer. We can't let the fear of being criticized overcome our desire of being artistic and express ourselves. Play, dance, create, sing, like no one is watching because you will give your best!
I created this piano to make sure every school that was promised a piano got one. Unfortunately not all the pianos make it through their time on the streets, but it's important to find the way to still give the gift of music to the kids that deserve it and are thirsty of it.
A few weeks ago we had the ribbon cutting ceremony in P186X school in The Bronx. Such a great time with those energetic and passionate kiddos :)
THANK YOU SING FOR HOPE! You have an amazing organization.
Like every year for the past at least 4 years I make a drawing a day in the month of October. This year I am trying to keep a cohesive image and we are already in Day 9! You can follow my drawings on Instagram, Facebook or twitter :)
I woke up to a cool proposal " Could you illustrate my tag? "
I took on the challenge and created a weird three eyed monster face in my iPad. I like how fast I can create just with my fingers on a screen. It's like finger paint for adults. No mess, no clean up, just finger paint! I've been thinking for a while if I should upgrade my iPad or if I should get a Wacom instead... hard decisions.
Have a great Labor Day everyone 🙋🏻
When I submitted my proposal I said "I WANT TO BEAUTIFY THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY CREATING A CROSS-STITCH PATTERN ALONG THE STAIRS REMEMBERING THE OLD TRADITIONS, THE HAND-MADE ARTISANAL DESIGN IN AN ERA OF TECHNOLOGY AND PLASTIC." The idea with this public art piece was to encourage people to use the stairs and to feel good about it.
After a couple of weeks working in the Morris Heights Neighborhood I think we did accomplish this task. Old and young were surprised by the colors and the flow of the piece in the steps. The community helped us through the hard process of painting under the hottest days of the summer. I also had the greatest volunteers that believed in the project and gave everything they had to help bring this idea to life. They came out of their comfort zone, learn new things and created a beautiful piece of art that will live in this community.
The Bronx also deserves beautiful things, and we are here to bring them.
176 street, between Popham St. & Undercliff Ave.
This project was done through Artbridge as an initiative of NYC Department of Transportation & NYC Department of Health.
In a few days my artwork Third Eye will be auctioned during the ArtBridge 6th Annual Spring Art Auction. The proceeds will benefit Arbridge's programs to support artists and transform public space. Since last year I've been working with them on a couple of projects for the beautification of the South Bronx.
If you are thinking of acquiring some artwork from NYC talented early-career artists this is your chance!
Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Get your tickets!
Mixed media mounted on wood panel
This triptych is part of the series "Nature is Watching You". My purpose is to make people reflect on how we treat Nature and subsequently the planet. We have to be more conscious of our acts and their consequences. I have been painting EyeFlowers for a couple of years. Nature, Ecology, Sustainability are very important to me, but we live in a world of consumerism and materialism where we forget to take care of our planet. I was raised in a conscious household. We didn't waste energy, we recycled and upcycled almost everything. U.S.A has a different mentality where everything is used and thrown away. I would like to change that, even if it's one person at a time.
This is the third year I am one of the selected artists to paint a Sing For Hope Piano. It's such a great experience, that even though it is a lot of hard work and you have to invest many hours, the rewards are tremendous.
To see people approach the pianos in the street, touch them, play pianos for the first time, and hopefully spark something in them to make them find a passion, is invaluable.
Stay tuned, we will be having some pop up performances and workshops in Virginia Park, where my piano will be placed from June 6 to June 25 for everyone to play and enjoy. G.I.V.E will be taking care of it while it's placed in the park. I am so thrilled that Nilka and Co are going to be in charged of it so if you want to plan some fun event around the piano, let us know!
Sing For Hope is an amazing organization and if you are an artist, you should try volunteering with them, they have many opportunities!
A few months ago a friend was looking for artists to participate in a beautification project that will bring a local marker to an underpass of the Bruckner expressway near The Bronx River. I was so excited about it, I created a sketch after I was explained the project and sent it. They loved it so I was in. A week ago I got delivered the 6x4 feet board and I finished over the weekend.
All the 12 boards will be installed soon and the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place April 27. Save the date and I'll keep all of you posted!
I am a...
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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